IN a dramatic announcement Canelo Alvarez called out Gennady Golovkin, the WBC, WBA and IBF champion and reigning middleweight number one. After beating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a one-sided display at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (May 6), Canelo established himself as Mexico’s unquestioned boxing hero. Now he wants to take on the best in the world. That is Gennady Golovkin. And Canelo Alvarez will fight him next.
Canelo-Golovkin will take place on September 16. “I feel very excited,” Golovkin said. “Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style—a big drama show. I’m ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career.”
Although Canelo has been a WBC middleweight champion in the past he’s never boxed at 160lbs. He won that title fighting at 155lbs and defended it against Amir Khan (who is neither a middleweight himself). When the Golovkin fight was mandated last year, Alvarez elected to move back down a pound and defend his super-welterweight crown. Golovkin won that vacant belt to hold three of the four major world championships.